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Friday, August 8, 2014

What Olivia Wilde Got Wrong About Breastfeeding

What they say breastfeeding your newborn looks like: What it usually looks like: Sheesh, Olivia’s beautiful alright, and Otis is pretty cute himself. I think we all saw the viral picture of Olivia Wilde breastfeeding her son for the latest edition of Glamour magazine. If you haven’t, read her interview here. As a pediatric nurse [...]

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Real Reason Your Pediatric Health Provider Wants You To Vaccinate Your Child

Since the day I wrote about my journey leaving the anti-vaccination movement, I have experienced the wrath of the anti-vaccination community. When I write about how important it is to vaccinate your child, I regularly receive comments like this: "It is worse than pre meditated MURDER to be telling people that vaccines are safe." "You cannot [...]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Bone to Pick with Baby-Led Weaning

I have a bone to pick with baby-led weaning, literally. Baby-led weaning is a new feeding method in which children feed themselves independently from the first introduction of solid food - usually around 6 months. Rising in popularity, this new trend has babies forego "mush" (purées) and spoon feeding and go directly to solid foods [...]

Thursday, July 17, 2014

My Journey Leaving the Anti-Vaccination Movement

As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I have given thousands of vaccines to children. But most people don't know something very important about me. I have a history with vaccinations that I have kept quiet for a long time. I was a part of the anti-vaccination movement. I am the first born of four children to [...]